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Predictable Floods

What bothers me most about the Calgary flood of 2013 is the assumption of victimhood, as though none of this was predictable and there was nothing that could be done to prevent it.

Climate scientists warned for decades of the dire consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. What did Calgarians do? Burn the tar sands as fast as possible.

The 2005 flood was a major warning. Did they reinforce the infrastructure? Only a little. Now tornadoes are coming, as predicted.

Finally rich Calgarians built right on the edges of the rivers. That was just plain stupid. Other cities such as Edmonton and Winnipeg reserve those fragile banks as parkland.

Canadians have traditionally been happy to lend a hand in a natural disaster, but I don’t know how much longer they will want to bail out Calgarians from their wilful stupidity.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

Traditional Rights To Kill

The Makah claim a right to kill whales because their ancestors did. By that reasoning, modern day descendants of the Aztecs have the right to revive child sacrifice; Americans have the right to revive slavery; and Indonesians have the right to revive head-hunting. The notion that sacrificing a whale would somehow help the Makah’s social ills including drug addiction, poverty and alcoholism is as nutty as thinking yanking the heart out of a child and throwing it into a volcano would work too. Whale sacrifice is an ill-considered distraction from doing something truly useful. Further, there many more Makah today than before the coming of the Europeans. They can’t hunt as they did because they would put far too much pressure on the environment.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

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